2016 Fiat 500X Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 Fiat 500X has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The compact CUV earned a good rating in all five of the IIHS crashworthiness tests and an advanced rating for front crash prevention, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ award. It is also the second Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) product to earn the Institute’s highway award for 2015, following the Chrysler 200.

In the small overlap front crash test, the 500X’s driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of four inches at the door hinge pillar and instrument panel. The dummy’s head contacted the front airbag, although it did move to the left side afterwards, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure.

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The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head on the left side. According to IIHS, measurements taken from the dummy indicate that injuries to the lower left leg would be possible in a crash, but likelihood of other injuries is low.

The 500X’s optional front crash prevention system helps it earn an advanced rating, with the system avoiding a collision in four out of five runs. In the 25-mph test, the impact speed was reduced by 5 mph.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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